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April 9, 2013

H.S. track and field: Shikellamy girls score first win over Lewisburg

Braves top Lewisburg for 1st time

By Todd Hummel

For The Daily Item

LEWISBURG -- Shikellamy girls track coach Jon Evans didn't want to become emotional Tuesday and it caused some concern among the Braves' fans.

"I'm having trouble finding words for anybody," Evans said. "People think I'm not excited, but I'm trying not to cry. I'm holding it in."

Evans had every reason to be emotional as Shikellamy became just the second team since 1992 to beat the Lewisburg girls, 79-71 in a Heartland Athletic Conference-Division I meet.

"In 32 years of girls track and field at Shikellamy, we've never beaten Lewisburg. Our girls knew what was at stake and they answered the bell," Evans said. "We really rode the legs of our stars, and the stars came out and performed."

Junior Kursten Pfleegor and freshman Treicy Cedeno each won three individual events, along with key legs on the 1600 relay to help lead the Braves (2-1 overall and HAC-I).

"We definitely knew going in we would have a good shot (at the win)," Pfleegor said. "We had a really good week of practice and we wanted it pretty bad. Beating Lewisburg is not something many teams have done."

Evans wasn't sure what he was going to do with his 1600 relay team, but "(Cedeno) was in the lineup with a question mark," he said.

He knew it would be a lot to ask of his young distance standout to run the 3200 meters immediately followed by the third leg of the relay.

"It's not very often you can get a kid to run three of the last four events. She stepped off track from the two-mile (and) she didn't even have a chance to change her shoes," Evans said. "She didn't have enough time to warm up. I was going to put somebody else in, but she said, 'Coach, I'm running."

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